LAOS
7 Days Laos Discovery
Luang Prabang, Plain of Jars, Vientiane
Tour price is available upon request
7 Days

Known as “Land of a Million Elephants”, an exotic vacation escape unlike any other. Visit the cities of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Xieng Khoung (Plain of Jars) and Vientiane. Explore its cascading waterfalls and ancient limestone caves stuffed with gold Buddha images are waiting to be discovered.

Best time to visit: October to April 

Day 1
Luang Prabang - Arrival

Take flight to Luang Prabang.

Upon arrival at the airport, meet representative and transfer to check in at hotel.

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 2
Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave

After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour. We visit the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. The magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. Visit Wat Mai and Wat Sene, the oldest temple in Luang Prabang. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside.

Our first stop is the village of Ban Muangkeo where we start a short trek to reach the mysterious Pak Ou Cave, "Cave of a Thousand Buddha's". A two-linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. On the way, we also visit Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek and Ban Nong Xai, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa ( Jute ) Papermaking. Once back in Luang Prabang City we visit a traditional silversmith workshop. 

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang. 

Day 3
Luang Prabang - Khouangsi Waterfall

Wake up early morning and start with the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms ( Often in the form of sticky rice ) from the faithful residents. Back to hotel and have breakfast.

After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Kuang Si Waterfall, South West of Luang Prabang with stops en-route to visit some ethnic minority villages. It is possible to walk to the top of the falls via a steep track and if the weather is good swim in the clear water at the foot of the falls. Picnic lunch provided.

In the afternoon visit Ban Xangkhong a weaving village where traditional Lao textiles are woven and where Sa paper is made. Stop at Wat Pa Phon Pao, a forest retreat, before returning to the town. If time permits, we can climb up the 328 steps to the top of Phou Si Mountain that offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding rivers and cityscape.

In the evening, wander through the Bustling Night Market where ethnic hill tribe minorities peddle their wares of traditional costumes and handicrafts.

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang. 

Day 4
Luang Prabang - Xieng Khouang ( By Road )

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer for about 6 - 7 hours drive through wonderful natural scenery to Phonsavanh
( Xiengkhouang ). The journey will give you plenty of opportunities for photos and a visit to the Hmong Village Minority at Bane Kiou Kacham and Bane Nong Tang. Arrive Phonesavanh in the afternoon, transfer and check in at hotel. Lunch and dinner on guest own account.

Stay overnight in Xieng Khouang.

Day 5
Xieng Khouang

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Plain of Jars Site I, II, III, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau. It is a large area extending around Phonesavanh where several hundred huge jars of unknown origin are scattered about in over a dozen groupings. When the Plain of Jars is listed by UNESCO and cleared from remaining UXOs, further archeological investigation may bring a clue to all the unanswered questions regarding the most enigmatic site in Laos. The jars weigh mostly from 600 kg to one ton but the biggest one weighs as much as six tons. The jars have been fashioned from solid stone, most from a tertiary conglomerate known as molasses, akin to sandstone, and a few from granite. Picnic lunch en-route.

Afternoon, continue to visit the villages of Hmong, Phuan, Thai Neua and Thai Dam Minorities and Xieng Khouang ancient capital, now renamed as Muang Khoune. Dinner on guest own account.

Stay overnight in Xieng Khouang.

Day 6
Xieng Khouang / Vientiane

After breakfast, visit the local market of Phonsavanh and nearby villages of the Hmong. Transfer directly to the airport for your flight to Vientiane.

Upon arrival, meet at the airport and transfer to visit the major temples including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former Royal Temple of Wat Ho Prakeo, which previously housed the
famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Dinner on guest own account.

Check in at hotel and Stay overnight in Vientiane. 

Day 7
Vientiane - Departure

Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until time for hotel check out.

Transfer to airport for your departure flight.

 

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